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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jun 24, 2009 6:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best year for Grateful dead music is....

...when they were at their happiest...

Their song sang throughout their lives, That's It For The The Other One, openly admits, that the main driver of the bus Furthur, "Cowboy Neal, at the wheel, of a bus to never-ever land" was their main inspiration "When it all began".

If one hears the right 1966 Grateful dead music at the right moment, even today, not overly bluesy Pig Pen, not overly primitive, but just right...
it can really do it, the magic never died...
but,
"you know, he had to die..."

that's reality...

Cassady inspired so many people he knew to love life...
that's really something that left it's mark even on a feisty codger with plenty of his own inner vision, Jerry Garcia.

And, if we had nearly as many tapes, well-recorded, as we do of the 1968, 1969, (!970 is sadly missing much too), and especially as every show practically was archived...
if we had that kind of representation for 1967...

it might be 1967 - that they were at their peak, at least in terms of full spectrum, blossoms bloomin', the cause of it all, etc. etc.

And yet, from what we DO have, 1968 is perhaps their best in-concert year - more adept than the previous year, 1967, yet more robust than the following year - 1969 - in which they reached yet another musical peak.

1970 was their creative, vocal zenith, (and as we know, much of the live shows of '70 are missing, though wthere are indisputable creative writing peaks that year as well as their vocal harmony (taught them by Crosby, Stills and Nash in part) - just never got better...

yes, each year afterward has it's merits, '71, '72, '73, how can you pick just one...

I only know for sure, from my own personal biased experience, that they never sounded better than the 1st year I saw 7 or so of their live shows - 1970.

And I wish they had - for my tastes, had they maintained the glory of what I felt that year, in 1970, I tried and tried to meet minds and all that again, year after year with the good ol Grateful Dead....

but, sorry to say, for me, it was at best fleeting moments of joy from then on... and poof, gone again...

the lost whatsit...
Janis gone, Cassady gone, and sadly, Pigpen (and even Jimi Hendrix...

it was just never the same we rule the world, it's it again.

For long stretches such as glorious '66, magical '67, super '68, sublime '69,
heavenly '70.

Ah shoot...